Construction began in 1991 as the Sharks were stockpiling players for its inaugural roster. Construction took about 540 days, despite last minute layout changes and a minor fire during construction in 1992. On September 7, 1993, the doors were open to the finest indoor facility in the world. Along with the Sharks, five other professional sports teams call or called San Jose Arena home. But the arena isn't just used for sports, it has been used for a host of many world famous celebrities such as the Three Tenors, Barbara Streisand, and the Rolling Stones.
In December of 2000, San Jose's city council board members approved the naming rights sale to computer maker, Compaq. The deal would officially change the name to Compaq Center. Of course, the board memebers also required that "San Jose" would always be in the name of the arena. On March 27, 2001, San Jose Arena was renamed Compaq Center at San Jose. In 2002, Compaq merged with Hewlett-Packard. HP agreed to continue the naming rights deal. On November 30, 2002, Compaq Center at San Jose became HP Pavilion at San Jose. The name was also a cross promotion with HP's popular CPU, Pavilion. For Sharks fans, it will forever be known as "The Shark Tank."
FIRST SHARKS GAME:: Preseason vs. New York Islanders (W 4-2) - September 30, 1993
FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME:: vs. Calgary Flames (L 2-1) - October 14, 1993
FIRST PLAYOFF GAME:: Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 3 - vs. Detroit Red Wings (L 4-3) - April 23, 1994
FIRST GOAL:: Kip Miller (in both NYI preseason and CGY regular season home openers)
FIRST REGULAR SEASON WIN:: vs. Edmonton Oilers (W 3-1) October 26, 1993
FIRST PLAYOFF WIN:: Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 4 - vs. Detroit Red Wings (W 4-3) - April 24, 1994
FIRST OVERTIME PLAYOFF WIN:: Western Conference Quarterfinals Game 4 - vs. Dallas Stars (W 1-0) - April 28, 1998
REGULAR SEASON GAMES PLAYED:: 392 (167-213-41) through 2002-03 regular season
PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED:: 31 (14-17) through 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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